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How to see Atlanta like a local?

Any recommendations about what to see or do except for the well known sights? I'd like to see some hidden gems that locals do and would love some "off the beaten path" places.


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top answer by
Caroline from Atlanta

I agree with the places already mentioned. Spend time in some of the unique neighborhoods Atlanta has to offer. The Old Fourth Ward is just one of my favorites and has access to the Beltline Trail and so many great restaurants. Little Five Points and Decatur are also interesting places to hang out! 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Old Fourth Ward (attraction)
  2. Beltline Trail (attraction)
  3. Little Five Points (neighborhood)
  4. Decatur (city)
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answered by
Sam from Atlanta

I'm a big fan of supporting local artists, so if you're looking for gifts for family members (or yourself) check out Crafted WestsideThe Byrd's Box, and The beehive. If you're lucky, come on the dates of the Indie Craft Experience fair where local artists gather to sell their wears. Brunch is my favorite, and there isn't a shortage on brunch spots. My favorite is Home Grown Restaurant and get the Comfy Chicken Biscuit. It's worth the calories. After, work off those calories on the Beltline Trail by foot or by bike (rent from Beltline Bike Shop for $5 an hour!) and cruise to Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall for some cocktails and people watching. Continue until pass by the Paris on Ponce and check out the antique selection and art pieces... and cool off with an iced coffee. If you love music, there is always a show at Terminal West or The EARL. If you go on the Westside, grab a bite at Taqueria Del Sol, if you go to East Atlanta Village, eat at Argosy. My favorite place in the whole city is Sweet Auburn Curb Market which is home to Arepa MiaPanbury's Double Crust Pies, and Rawesome Juicery. There is also a Grindhouse Killer Burgers but the better one is on Piedmont where they sometimes do trivia. If you're feeling ultra touristy, ride the Atlanta Streetcar and just cruise to Edgewood Ave SE. Stop for a bite at Ammazza and try your hand at Ping Pong at Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium.  Hope you have a baller trip and welcome to the A. 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Crafted Westside (attraction)
  2. The Byrd's Box (attraction)
  3. The beehive (attraction)
  4. Indie Craft Experience (attraction)
  5. Home Grown Restaurant (restaurant)
  6. Beltline Trail (attraction)
  7. Beltline Bike Shop (attraction)
  8. Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall (restaurant)
  9. Paris on Ponce (attraction)
  10. Terminal West (attraction)
  11. The EARL (attraction)
  12. Taqueria Del Sol (restaurant)
  13. Argosy (restaurant)
  14. Sweet Auburn Curb Market (attraction)
  15. Arepa Mia (restaurant)
  16. Panbury's Double Crust Pies (restaurant)
  17. Rawesome Juicery (restaurant)
  18. Grindhouse Killer Burgers (restaurant)
  19. Atlanta Streetcar (attraction)
  20. Edgewood Ave SE (attraction)
  21. Ammazza (restaurant)
  22. Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium (restaurant)
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answered by
Hannah from Milwaukee

A friend of mine who lives there introduced me to Steinbeck's Pub which feels like a great old English pub. Very warm, welcoming crowd there. Also went to a place called Babette's Cafe which was great. Check out a place called Blind Willie's for live blues music. If you like art, check out Bennett Street Gallery , TWIN KITTENS is good, too and so is the The Goat Farm.

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  1. Steinbeck's Pub (attraction)
  2. Babette's Cafe (restaurant)
  3. Blind Willie's (attraction)
  4. Bennett Street Gallery (attraction)
  5. TWIN KITTENS (attraction)
  6. The Goat Farm (attraction)
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answered by
Luke from Atlanta

Sweet Auburn Curb Market is pretty great. It's a large indoor market with produce and meat vendors with a quite a few great food options. 

I recommend Arepa Mia (anything), Bell Street Burritos(pork and chile burrito), and Afrodish Restaurant (curry chicken patties).

Just down the street under the bridge is Noni's Bar & Deli excellent locals place with great sandwiches and friendly staff.  

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Sweet Auburn Curb Market (attraction)
  2. Arepa Mia (restaurant)
  3. Bell Street Burritos (restaurant)
  4. Afrodish Restaurant (restaurant)
  5. Noni's Bar & Deli (attraction)
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answered first by
Christine from Austin (Texas)

One of the most interesting places in town is the Hindu Temple of Atlanta. In addition to just being one of the most amazing architectural structures you’ll ever see (it’s enormous) they also have some cool events like yoga classes. They also have music and meditation classes but I haven’t been to those yet. Also, check out the Krog Street Tunnel Pocket Park which is this really cool if slightly spooky tunnel where you can go to see the latest in street art.

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  1. Hindu Temple of Atlanta (attraction)
  2. Krog Street Tunnel Pocket Park (attraction)
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